Diversity, Equity, and Social Contexts

Addressing issues related to girls, women and tobacco requires us to consider both biological and social factors affecting women and men and diverse factors, such as ethnicity, sexual orientation, income level and culture. All these factors affect tobacco use, research, policy and programming.

Generic tobacco control approaches can often be strengthened by considering the specific needs of various communities and populations. Other initiatives tailored for specific groups of women and men may be needed to ensure that all groups within a population equally experience the benefits of tobacco prevention and control policies.


Girls, Smoking and Stress: A Backgrounder for Facilitators of Girls' Empowerment Groups

Developed in in collaboration with the Girls Action Foundation, this resource discusses what is known about the links between stress and girls' tobacco use, shares strategies for starting conversations with girls about smoking, and provides examples of related group activities. Also available in French.


Couples and Smoking: What you Need to Know When You are Pregnant

This self-help booklet for pregnant women who smoke, shows how routines, habits, and ways of interacting within relationships influence smoking.


Hearing the Perspective of Aboriginal Girls and Smoking

This research summary describes the findings of a qualitative study done in partnership with six aboriginal communities in BC on smoking by Aboriginal girls (age 13-19 years).


No Gift: Tobacco Policy and Aboriginal People in Canada

This report explores the intersections of gender, tobacco policy, and Aboriginal status and examines issues related to tobacco control policy, taxation, and legislation.



Reducing Harm: A Better Practices Review of Tobacco Policy and Vulnerable Populations

This report reviews evidence of the effectiveness of three aspects of tobacco control policy on diverse groups of males and females particularly vulnerable to smoking: Aboriginal people, adolescents, and individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

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